William Grimaldi (British, 1751-1830) after Joseph Nollekens (British, 1737-1823)
A trompe l'oeil cameo portrait miniature of a marble bust of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), profile to the right.
Inscribed in pencil to the reverse Esther Grimaldi/
LBG BB, gilt-metal frame.
Octagonal, 59mm (2 5/16in) high
- Please note, regarding the provenance detailed to the reverse of the portrait miniature, 'LBG' stands for Louisa Beaufort Grimaldi and 'BBG' stands for Blanche Beaufort Grimaldi (daughters of Stacey Grimaldi, the artist's second son). Comparison with a similar inscription to the reverse of a miniature in a private collection suggests that Esther Grimaldi was actually the artist's great grand-daughter, which would explain why the initials 'LBG' and 'BBG' have been striked through.